Wednesday, June 28, 2006

 

My son Benjamin and I.

Monday, June 26, 2006

 

A flock of geese

What can a flock of Canada geese crossing the street teach us? It might not teach you anything at all unless you choose to see an opportunity for growth and learning in every life experience. This morning, while on my way to work I had just such an experience.
Like every morning for the past year - and even more so on Monday mornings- getting out the door is my greatest achievement of the day that takes careful and detailed planning.
I've come to perfect my technique but the task remains daunting. My 10 year old requires lunch as do I and my toddler requires attention which I cannot give.
Getting to work on time is obviously challenging at best and to exacerbate the problem is the long drive on Hwy 401. If my coordinated efforts are successful and luck (or God) is on my side I will be able to get to work without too much loss of mental faculties. This morning - something - or a flock of something in this case- got in my way. I had almost made it to work and just as I was starting to pray for all the street light to cooperate and be green all at the same time, a large number of our beloved Canada geese begun their crossing. Not of the sea or the ocean, but of the vast and dangerous Hwy 7! The car in front of me started to lean on the horn in the hope that the geese would be scared into receding. These animals are not easily dissuaded and proceeded in their journey to the other side of the road. What could us urban jungle dwellers do when faced with such obvious indifference? We did the only thing we could do: we sat back quietly and waiting for every single bird , Mama birds, Papa birds and baby birds, to cross that busy stretch of highway. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at this blatant example of our powerlessness in the face of mothernature. This was no tornado or tsunami but just as beautiful an example as any.
What did I learn from this stubborn flock? Don't rush things that need to get done at their own pace. Remember what is really important and take a moment to appreciate the simple things.
There are some things we cannot change and the only thing we can change is the way we deal with a particular situation.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

 

Back to the Caves

I watched a fascinating program on the Discovery Channel last week. It was called "Walking with the Cavemen" and it was hosted by Alec Baldwin. It obviously supported the ev0lutionary theory of man and it went back millions of years to species of hominids who walked the earth but were closer to the animal kingdom than to mankind as it is today. The general consensus of science is that over a span of 2 million years man has been evolving and adapting more and more to its environment but man as he is today didn't appear until 60.000 yrs ago. What made the last "version" of man survive was his imagination. His ability to imagine a future and to plan for it accordingly is what made the difference. Hope and dreams are the main ingredients that make us a superior species and not our strength or intelligence. They are not enough and without imagination they are nothing. As I watched this very interesting program, a scary thought entered my mind. If we can evolve - could we not also de-volve? Everything that goes up must come down - as the saying goes. Nowadays we do not put much value on imagination. Art programs in schools are the first to go. The focus is on technology and business.
Children are content in playing video games for hours on end while only 50 yrs ago they spent endless hours outdoors inventing their own games.
We no longer choose to read a book that requires us to imagine what the characters look like. Movies and television take care of that for us now.
I know that technological advances are in and of themselves proof of mankinds ability to imagine something into existence. What does that technology do for the most part though? It is designed to help make our life more comfortable.
I think that we are on our way to being too comfortable. To the point that we no longer need to move forward. Just a thought.

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